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Eloise is a series of books created by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight, They follow the misadventures of a six-year-old girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York City and for the staff and guests who stay there.


Tropes associated with this series are:

  • Alpha Bitch: Debbie Lincoln in Eloise Goes to Hollywood. Also Liz from Eloise Goes to School.
  • Animated Adaptation: Had an animated series that only ran for 13 episodes.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Eloise tends to do this in the adaptations.
  • Cheerful Child: Eloise is almost always happy.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Eloise, although for a six-year-old, it's to be expected.
  • Creator Cameo: Series illustrator and co-creator Hilary Knight appeared as himself in the film, drawing Eloise and Leon as the latter two take a stroll throughout Manhattan.
  • Creepy Doll: Saylor, a beaten-up old plastic baby doll.
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  • The Faceless: Eloise's mother.
  • Hair Decorations: Eloise wears a bow in her hair and once wore a bonnet in one of the books.
  • Hotel Hellion: Eloise is said to be the Trope Maker.
  • Live-Action Adaptation: Got two of them in 2003, Eloise at the Plaza and a Christmas Episode, Eloise at Christmastime. Both starring Medium actress Sofia Vassilieva.
  • No Name Given: Nanny is simply called 'nanny', even adults call her this and her own brother! Also, Eloise's mother's name is never mentioned.
  • Official Cosplay Gear: In line with the 60th anniversary of the series, Rachel Riley released a series of designer children's outfits and accessories inspired by the character, including this blouse and suspender skirt set. Prior to Riley, similarly-themed clothing for girls based on the character were sold in the 1950s at Neiman Marcus and other upscale boutiques.
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  • Only One Name: Eloise's family name is never brought up.
  • Parental Abandonment: Eloise's mother is traveling in Europe and Paris doing unknown business and her father is never seen or mentioned.
  • Precocious Crush: It's often believed Eloise has a crush on Bill, she was rather jealous of her replacement nanny when she hits it off with him.
  • Pretty in Mink: In one book Eloise travels to Russia, and she gets a fur coat for the trip.
  • Rule of Three: Nanny and Eloise usually use a final word of a sentence in three times for emphasis.
  • The Faceless: Eloise's mother arrives at the hotel at the end of Eloise at Christmastime but the camera never show her her full face.
  • Verbal Tic: Eloise and Nanny's repetition, and Eloise describing everything with "this [X]"

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